Unique Recovery Gear That Works
Allison Pattillo / February 16, 2016
Recovery and self-care certainly aren’t as fun as lacing up for a run, but they’re essential to staying healthy and logging long miles. We rounded up some of the craziest gear and gadgets to help keep you injury-free, plus a few more to solve problems you didn’t even know you had.
Acumobility Eclipse Roller, $70
With an unusual, angled notch, this model has four distinctly shaped zones, plus five pressure strips, to work different muscle groups. The result is a whole-body recovery workout with one tool.
Addady Boomerang Massage Roller, $48
In addition to targeting hard-to-reach areas, this flexible strap has three medium and three hard massage balls for customized relief. Half of the balls also have a special coating that grips skin to truly work pesky knots and pressure points.
BFF Turbo Electric Foam Roller, $300
It looks like a giant buffer, and it is. It even comes with different covers to smooth rough skin or massage in pain relief gel. The soothing vibrations also relax and rejuvenate muscles, increase blood flow, release tight fascia and treat trigger points. No rolling required.
Falke Impulse Short-Sleeved Shirt, $220
Knitted and silicone nodules are incorporated into the shoulders and back of this sleek running shirt to stimulate fascia and, ideally, improve form. A patch in the lower back makes it difficult to fall into a late-run slump, while the shoulder nodules encourage better arm swing.
Knuckle Lights, $60
For those who don’t like wearing headlamps or carrying a flashlight, knuckle lights are an alternative nighttime solution. Each light shines 140 lumens in a flood beam pattern to illuminate your path. Sold in pairs, they come with rechargeable batteries and a charging stand.
The Healing Sole Flip Flops, $124
Slide into these when you hop out of bed—or post-run for on-the-go healing. A raised platform for your big toe enables muscles to relax, medial heel cutouts cushion the plantar fascia, a firm sole and just enough arch structure provide support and a rockered sole reduces foot tension.
Shift Watch Band, $40
Made from flexible silicone, the band fits securely over the thumb and rests in your natural sightline for easy, on-the-run readability—meaning no awkward arm bending and no watch banging on your wrist bone. It comes in small, medium or large sizes, with attachments to fit most sport watches.